The CROC trip

After our trip on the Whitsundays we decided to leave for Townsville right away with Joe. On our way to Townsville we lost Joe and we tried to find each other again, which seemed to be pretty hard in this new city. It was a very lively city and looked quite great, much different than all the other cities we past by during our trip from Hervey bay with the van. Anyways, after all we found each other and he seemed to be one street away from us! We bought some basic dinner and slept just a bit out of the city in a park.

The next day we left for Cairns, but decided to stop over at Mount spec, Paluma Range national park where the Big Crystal creek, little Crystal creek and Rock slides could be found. We were now traveling with our new friend from Sweden, Joe. We drove around in the mountains and found the rock slides. Absolutely amazing place. There was only us and 3 young Aussie guys. We played around on the rockslides which worked because of the waterfall. The beautiful nature. Afterwards we did some cliff jumping. Love it! We loved the place but we decided to move on and go further up in the mountains to find some larger waterfalls. And we did! A very nice relaxed place with the sound of running water in your ears. Joe and I (Peter) decided to climb up in the mountains to find a good spot to get the best views of this wonderful place. We sat on a rock and had the best view! Free men! Enjoying a joint together with a good conversation. I took a lot of pictures with my eyes and I will never forget this place and that moment with Joe. We went down to Dennis and had a swim in the water from the mountains.  We moved on and continued to Cairns. When we arrived in Cairns, we made our dinner at the barbeques in the beach area. After that we found a bottle shop and bought a case of beer! All off us wanted beers so bad, so we enjoyed it to the fullest! Unfortunately Cairns has this rule that it is not allowed to drink in public, which made us move to a park where we could sleep as well. We got the camping chairs out of Joes car and had a nice night in the park!

The next morning we went to the lagoon and met up with Otis and the English girls. We enjoyed the lagoon but we wanted to move further up north. We did not had so much time. So we found Otis and said to him that we could not wait anymore. He was pretty cool about that and went to his hostel and packed a bag for the road trip up north. We were happy and ready for the roadtrip! 4 happy guys in 1 campervan! YEAAAAAAH!!!! ūüėÄ Amazing! On the road to Port Douglas we drove 18 kilometers in the mountains along the ocean and we have never seen a more beautiful road in our life. It was just unbelievable! We took a lot of pictures while we drove! Mars (the van) had a sun roof, so you could stand up through the roof and get the best views and best pictures. A great time on that amazing ocean road! When we arrived in Port Douglas we made some good burgers at a barbeque in our almost new home. We used that place 3 nights to cook ūüôā We loved that place. We drank beers and a lot of white wine and had a fucking great time! So much fun!

The next day we woke up early in the car because it was so freaking hot. 4 boys in a 40 degrees van! That is hot! But it was good because we then did not wasted the day. We decided to drive to Cooktown, which was 3,5 hours north from Port Douglas. Cooktown is not a place we can recommend but the road in the mountains was incredible! Cooktown was so hot! Boiling! All the way to Cooktown we stopped at different creeks to try to spot a croc. And everytime we saw a creek we yelled “CROOOOC”! But we never saw one before we came to Annan river where we finally saw this huge croc sunbathing!¬† Cool animal! CROC! We did not wanted to stay in Cooktown and we loved Port Douglas so much that we decided to drive all the way back again and make another barbeque at the same place! We were so happy all the time and had a fucking good time. We walked around in the town and had different games where you had to make push ups if you failed. I (Peter) took approximately 60 pushups that night! I was so bad at that game. You were not allowed to say “yes or no”. So we were taking heaps of push ups on the street. And pushups with a box of wine on our back. This night we also played some drinking games and had a lot of fun with that!

The next day we went out fishing and caught a great fish which we cooked on the barbeque! So delicious! So good to fish when you are having hangovers! That night we had another barbeque and we got some Bundaberg Rum and coke, and heaps of ice to make the fridge in the van more cold. An old aussie guy came this night to us and showed us his car, there was the most luxury car ever! It had all the equipment you need when you are camping. He told us about his life and that he had been shot a couple of times and he showed us diamonds and sapphires that he had found. He was a little creepy but a pretty nice guy that just cruised around in Australia and wanted to make his own company. The same night we met a girl and two guys of the age 18/19, but they looked 5 years older at least, so weird! One of them called Ricardo was so nice and we had a great time talking to him and drinking with him. Apart from the rum, a cask of wine was almost emptied that night. We went out that night to this bar in town with them where many conversations were shared. Joe was extremely drunk and Dennis went with him to the van to sleep. All previous night Dennis and Joe had slept in the back of the van and when Peter and Otis came back they really wanted to sleep in the back. Joe was so far away and could not be waked up at all! Instead Peter and Otis started screaming: ‘If Joe does not wake up, we’re going to drive and catch fish. Give the keys, we want to drive!’. Obviously, they were way too drunk too drive. The next morning they could not remember any of this and could not remember how we changed the position of the car.

This morning the Joe, Otis and Peter went to do some fishing, but were not able to catch any at this point. Meanwhile, Dennis cleaned most of the van so it was ready to be handed later that day. We made some brekky (Prawns on the barbeque) and ate some cereal. We took a shower at the showers near the beach and drove towards Cairns now. Along the route we stopped at this place where crocs were being fed. Unfortunately, we had to pay $33 per person to see this at the zoo. Crazy! We decided not to and drove back to Cairns along this beautiful route again. In Cairns we had some lunch and enjoyed ourselves by the lagoon. At the lagoon Peter met Malou a girl he knew from Denmark (she had the most stunning eyes!). Around 3ish we had to bring back our van to Spaceships. We drove there and were there just in time. When we brought it back, the lady told us that no one ever returned the van this clean! The spaceships depot was further away than we thought, so it took longer than we thought. Meanwhile, Joe had to meet up with his parent on the airport. Joe had to go and we were still walking – we were unable to say bye to our friend which traveled with us for about 2 weeks ūüė¶ That night we had another barbeque with the English girls and Otis. Malou also joined us for some good chats. Such an excellent barbeque, with heaps amount of food and some alcohol! The English girls went back to their hostel early, since their flight to New Zealand was leaving early in the morning next day. Us and Otis instead went out to Gilligan’s, a bar in Cairns. We had some beers, did some dancing and had some chats. That night there was some kind of competition where girls from different countries competed in their bikini’s to be the best/sexiest dancer. Woo, way to go miss Canada, SHE could dance. Not too late we went back to the hostel.

That night the English were supposed to wake us up to say goodbye. I (Dennis) said goodbye to them, but Peter and Otis were passed out and could not be waked up – such a shame. Our last day of our travels were spent in Cairns having some brekky, enjoy by the lagoon and packing our bags. Our plane was supposed to leave at 17:10 that day, so we got a shuttle bus to the airport at 14:30. Atleast we would be in time then! The shuttle bus was late… 5, 10,… minutes passed by – no shuttle bus. Apparently, the bus was late – how convenient when you have to catch a plane. By coincidence we walked into Malou and were able to say goodbye to her as well. Finally, the bus arrived at 15:00. We said goodbye to Otis and hopped in! On the way to the airport the driver forgot to close the door to the car where the baggage was in. He drove the same route again to check if there were any bags lost. That did not really make sense. We arrived an hour later than expected on the airport. Some girls who did not allow for so much time before their flight had to catch their plane within a few minutes now. We were lucky – our flight got delayed by 2 hours…. We checked in, walked around the small airport, looked through the shops and decided to have a huge meal at the hungry jacks. Huge was overrated – we got the smallest burger we ever saw. So much for this burger king…

Finally, we caught the plane. Instead of the expected 4 hours flight, it would only take 2,5 hours to fly back to Sydney! In the plane one of the connectors for the earplugs did not work. We reported it to the only steward in the plane. To our surprise, at some point he offered us free meat pies in the plane (supposed to be left overs). They were¬† so good! It got crazier: when we finished our first meat pies, he offered us another meat pie! We were the only passenger being offered free pies. We figured he must of liked either Dennis’ Dutch accent or he must of been gay. We flew over the Sydney harbour bridge and the opera house, great view during night. The weather in Sydney was amazing now after being horrible for the past days (apparently). Because of the delay we had called David and had told him that we would arrive too late for him to pick us up. In the end we arrived in time to be picked up, but he went to sleep already. Instead, we caught the airport link, which is basically just a train to summer hill. Finally, back in Summer Hill again. Oh, we did miss our home in Sydney.


Whitsundays boat trip

After sleeping the night in the mountains, we had to make some preparations for our boat trip: check-in for the boat, buy some snacks for on the boat and pack our bags. For the rest we had an empty day before we would go on the boat that evening around 6pm. While checking in for the boat, Joe met his friend Johan. Johan is Swedish as well and works on the Anaconda III (the boat of our trip). We had some drinks with Johan that afternoon and he told us a lot of things about the boat. It sounded like it was going to be so great! Before we headed¬† to the boat we went to an ‘All you can eat’¬† Mexican restaurant, where we could eat Chilli for $10 only. It tasted so good and we actually had a bit too much of it. A bit short of time now we went to the cars, grabbed our stuff and went to the boat pier to hop on the boat. We were just in time!

Since Joe booked the trip separately we were booked into different rooms than Joe. Fortunately, for us it was possible to switch rooms and were now in room 10 with another guy called Daniel (alias Alaska). As Johan told us, this was a really small room, but this could not ruin our mood ūüôā After all, we were together in the same room with the 4 most amazing people. When we arrived on the ship, a large ship with 3 huge sails and lots of space, we were offered a free drink and were instructed very funny about the safety instructions and rules on board. For instance, we could only take a 1 minute shower everyday, or group together in the shower to get a longer shower, or get a crew member into the shower or best: the captain. That night we departed from the harbour to the north side of the Whitsunday island, where we stayed the night for. The room was incredible hot since it was the only room without air conditioning and some of us fled onto the deck of the ship.

The next day we left early in the morning to Whitehaven beach which has the finest sand in the world! The beach is such a beauty! We took a walk up to a look out point with amazing views. Apparently there were huge spiders along the path towards the look out point, but Alaska walked through it first…Peter managed to find two coconut shells and take some of the finest sand in the world with him towards the boat. We then sailed to a bay where we could snorkel and where we would get our first diving introduction lesson! The first impression when you start snorkeling: WOWWWW!!!! You cannot believe your eyes! The living coral, all the beautiful fish, the beautiful colors – your eyes pop out of their sockets. We tried to make some pictures of each other with fish, which was not as easy as it sounds. As the fourth diving group, we finally got our first diving lesson. We got a short introduction of 15 minutes with the basic diving skills we required and we could practice each one of them. And then finally we could dive! Such an amazing feeling – living under water. Time flew by! 15 minutes of diving seemed like a minute. Also on the boat we saw different fish in the water, especially when the fish were being fed. Not to forget: it was amazing how one of the crew members called on an eagle and we could see him fly in circles around the boat and dive for food that was being fed to hi. We had an amazing dinner that night and later that night we played a game called ‘eat a box’. It is a hilarious game to play and losers were spanked, which was quite fun to do ūüėČ

The next day we sailed to the bait reef in the outer reef. In this reef we were allowed to snorkel a lot. It was several square meters of corals and heaps of different fish to see. I (Dennis) saw a reef shark from 1 meter distance.  Check some of the pictures of this amazing reef here. On the boat again we were allowed to jump off the boat into the water and swim with big fish. One of the fish bitten a guy in the fingers, thinking it was food. The diving the day before was great, but these sights at this reef were much better Рif you ever go to the Whitsundays, go to the outer reef! That afternoon we sailed back again to Hook island (the northern of the two big islands) to stay over in Blue Pearl Bay for the night.

The next day we sailed a bit again to settle into a different bay where we could snorkel again. The crew of our ship started throwing fish food around us in the sea and all the fish would be swimming around you like crazy to catch the food. They were right in front of your face and so many of them. In this bay, many jellyfish could be found as well. It was such a great experience to see so many beautiful fish so close around you. Afterwards, we had to sail back to Airlie beach, unfortunately.

Fraser Island and our trip to Airlie beach

The beautiful mother nature. Fraser Island was one of a kind. Louise drove us to the Hostel where we should meet up with the new people that we were going to travel around at Fraser with. We went out and did some grocery shopping for the 3 days at the worlds largest sand island. Dennis and I were alone in the start and we thought that we needed to buy our own stuff for the trip. But after a chat with 5 girls and a guy from England we joined them and did the grocery shopping together. Excellent! In the evening after the grocery shopping we talked with two Canadian girls who seemed to be very nice. I (Peter) showed them a card trick and they were easily picked up. Unfortunately they were not that interesting as we thought.

At 6 am the next morning we woke up and took off to Fraser. Dennis and I were ready and happy because of the lovely new people we should travel around with.  The 4X4 wheel drive drove us to the ferry which brought us to the Island. A beautiful sunny day and the dolphins were happy and jumped around in the water. The first day we went to a couple of unbelievable lakes with the most clear water we had ever seen in our life. A lake called Lake McKenzie blew us away and we loved it. We took the white sand and used it as soap on our skin and hair, which made it so soft and nice. Everybody was so happy and played around in the lovely lake. You could even drink the water. A really fascinating place. After this great place we went to another lake there was placed around about 30 minutes walk from the beach. After the walk through the jungle we came out to a place like a desert with sand everywhere and a little very warm lake.

We got to learn most of the people and talked about travel, education and family. Travel and education are always the main subjects and it bores me (Peter) a lot to talk about education. The most of the people we met are older than me and finished their education and those that are not done yet know exactly what they want to do about education. Horrible to hear when you have no clue about what you want to do in the future. Never mind!

We cruised around at the beach and came to our camp. First expression= SHIT! Millions of flies everywhere and tents to sleep in. But the nice people we traveled with made the days so amazing. Both of the nights were filled with wine and drinking games. A lot of fun. So much fun that all of us sucked each others fingers, danced around and pretty much passed put. Dennis could not remember the end of the first night and fell a sleep on the beach under the beautiful stars. The second night I did exactly the same. 3,5 liters of wine gave me the worst hangovers ever. But it was worth it though. We enjoyed the time on Fraser a lot and the nature and views around that place are fucking awesome. Dennis watched the sunrise the last day and took some incredible pictures of it. I saw it as well, but I can’t really remember it, because of my hangovers.¬† I almost walked on a dingo (wild dog). Fraser was amazing and we will definitely recommend it.

When we came back, we stayed one night at the hostel and the day after we got picked up by our new amazing grandma (Louise) and went back to their lovely place. We had talked a lot about renting a campervan and after a couple of hours we had our own campervan for the next 14 days. Dennis went the day after to Brisbane in the morning to pick it up and at 2 pm came back with our awesome new home (mars). At first eyespot I loved it. We packed our stuff and said thank you for all to our new bonus grannys. A goodbye, but hopefully a reunion. On the road again after 8 days without hitchhiking. We had an amazing time with John and Louise and they gave us love like we were their grandchildren. We can not thank them enough.

The first night in Mars (the campervan) was good. We celebrated the first night with all you can eat Chinese food. Nice? YES!! Bundaberg was not the best town and we left it the day after when we had been to the botanic gardens. Our next goal was Town of 1770. We found the sign to a lookout point and parked Mars to go for a walk to the place. This place described how amazing Australia is. And how most of the places are. Beautiful! Cliffs, the ocean, the waves, the wind, the sky, the heat! THE NATURE! Unbelievable! We went over a fence and climbed up the cliffs and crawled out on the cliff, so we could be as close to the water as possible. 15 meter high cliff with beautiful views of the fantastic world we are living in. Felt so good! That is Australia. And that is how it is most of the places! Absolutely stunning!

After this great feeling we drove to Gladstone and slept there. The next morning we went to Yeppoon. We had a long walk on the beach and had a great conversation. Dennis had a haircut as well and we had a good shower while dancing naked in a picnic area with outdoor showers. Naked=Freedom. We drove further up north and stopped in Mackay to sleep. I had a driver lesson from Dennis. And I cruised around in the parking area where we slept. So easy to drive with automatic gear. I do not need a driver license! Too easy mate ūüôā

It was still raining and we decided to drive up to Airlie beach right away. It was only a few hours away and we decided to go to white mountain national park 1 hour away from Airlie beach. We drove by the big mango, bowenhood and some fruit shops along the route. We were hoping to climb the white mountains, but no path could be found up the mountains which was such a shame. Even though we did not see what we wanted, it was still a fun little road trip. We were hoping for better weather that night. Unfortunately, but yet fortunately, the weather was not any better. That night we were forced to make our dinner under a shed. Fortunately, we met Joe there. An amazing Swedish guy travelling on his own! It seemed that he would be on the same boat on the Whitsundays as we would be. The storm of rainfall did not allow us to do much and we spent all night talking to Joe. Later that evening we drove into the mountains with Joe (who had his own car as well) to camp.

The next day the weather looked much better and we were able to enjoy the lagoon in Airlie beach. Peter took a free small course in Chinese yoga that morning. Meanwhile, I bought an underwater camera for our trip at the Whitsundays. Most of the day was spent hanging around Airlie beach, the shopping street, hanging around with Joe and eating. Also, we managed to get our music installation in our car fixed – we can now connect our iPod to the car! Especially Peter seemed to have a great time with Joe, smoking some lovely weed. That night we slept in the mountains with Joe again. The next day will be our trip to the Whitsundays!

Life is like a box of chocolate

That is the interesting thing about life. You wake up in the morning and you never know what the day will bring you. We never knew that Tuesday the 14th of February would be a day with a miracle. After leaving the Gagaju bush camp we started making new signs for our hitchhiking. Our goal was Hervey Bay. We found out that the distance was a little too long (200 km), which made us make some new signs with smaller distances to smaller towns. First, we had a ride from a sweet girl from Thailand. She drove us to Cooroy. She was a owner of three Thai restaurants in Australia. She dropped us of and after a while we got picked up by an older Aussie guy. He had been travelling all around the world, but he had not been to China yet, which he planned to experience next month for six weeks. Interesting guy. He worked as a cake maker. He dropped us of near Gympie at the big highway and at that time we were a little pekish. We grabbed the peanutbutter and our bread from our grocery bag and started making some sandwiches. I (Peter) was not even done before two smiling Aussies stopped their car and asked us where we were going. We said Hervey Bay! They said HOP IN!

We thought that it was the most lucky¬†moment ever and we were so happy. We had a little chat with them in the car and they¬†asked us if we would like to come to their place and have a¬†hot shower and¬†a cup of coffee.¬†We said yes please! We could not imagine what was happening.¬†So much friendliness!¬† When our eyes met each other in the car we were just sending satisfied smiles. Beautiful!¬†Louise and John¬†are just lovely we thought! But they were more lovely than that.¬†They invited us to stay¬†at their place from Tuesday to Saturday!!!!!!! Holy S”””!!!!!! It could not be better! They live in the country in a beautiful home with Swimming Pool, beautiness, kangaroos and a lot of different amazing animals.

We are having a very nice time here.¬†We¬†have heaps of¬†awesome food. Prawns, fruit, salad, chicken, sandwiches, you¬†name it!! Wonderful! We have a lot of fun.¬†Playing pool with John. He¬†is pretty good and he is teaching us different tricks.¬†We are at night time playing golf with the venomous frogs, which is very funny. There is happening a lot of things and we are happy. Today we went with Louise to a Zumba dancing lesson with all the grannys! Pretty awesome! ūüôā Tomorrow we are going to stay one night at a hostel in Hervey Bay to¬†get to learn¬†our new¬†travel mates for Fraser Island¬†and the day after we¬†will go to Fraser for 3 days. We have been looking¬†at renting a car/van after Fraser. And we will hopefully do that.

There is so many things that we are looking forward to!

Tomorrow is a new day and a new morning!

You never know what you get……

– Peter Lykkegaard

Into the wild…Noosa

So we moved back to Glen Villa Resort and met up with the German girls again. Unfortunately, they decided not take us with them anymore (something to do with jealous boyfriends…).We had to make our own plan … (and we did!)

The day we returned to Glen Villa Resort we went out to compare the prices of the trip agencies. We decided to walk by Indie Travel first. A guy called Mark helped us. He was so nice! We told him about our plans and our thoughts and he showed us the possibilities at the east coast. He came up with a 3 days 2 nights trip to Fraser Island (including 2 nights of accomodation in Hervey Bay) and a sailing trip on the Anaconda to the Whitsundays for 3 days and 3 nights. This combination of trips sounded pretty amazing already. We were very happy about it already – there was a big discount of $165 on the Whitsundays boat trip. But, we pushed him to add some more. After all, the combination of the two was an expensive trip! After a few calls, Mark added a 10% discount on the Fraser trip, a 3 day/3 nights canoeing trip in the wild around Noosa and quite some accomodation vouchers for the east coast. And at last we had two happy boys. We were happy with the deal and our trading skills.

Meanwhile, while Mark was doing the paperwork he lent us two bodyboards to use on the beach. It was amazing to use those and move along with the waves in Byron! Later we picked up the papers, paid for our trip, posed for a picture with Mark in the travel agency and made a lot of happy sounds. With our trips booked on the east coast, we now knew for sure we had to fly back from Cairns to Sydney. We booked our flight from Cairns to Sydney on the 8th of March. Now all we need to do is reach our destinations by hitching!

With the huge amount of trips to do, we decided to make an approximate itinerary. This itinerary can be found here.

The next day we had lunch with Caino’s organisation where he does voluntary work. We got a really nice sandwhich. We walked with Caino from the park where the lunch was back to the organisation’s reception where he had an hour shift. After offering to help with the dishes we were given a big bag of salad. The salad was so nice! Also, they gave us proper forks, spoons and knifes. So lovely!

It was really time now to head out. We said bye to Caino and started to head north to Surfers Paradise. Based on our good experiences of hitching on a roundabout, we decided to try this again. Within 10 minutes we got a lift in Byron from a French guy who lived here for about 5 years. He first had to drive to Coco, a female friend of his, and we got a nice little road trip out of that. She told us that hitching from the Gold Coast was quite hard. We drove quite a bit with him and saw the ‘Welcome to Queensland’ sign. He told us that the time is now 1 hour earlier. He drove us to a place along the Gold Coast highway and dropped us off near a petrol station. We required another hitch to Surfers, which was still 30 kilometers away. We picked up our sign again and started hitching. We did not find it easy to find a hitch, but within half an hour we got a lift from Adam, a federal police officer of Australia. He told us that hitching was illegal in Australia and I guess he is the person to know it. He teached us some slang: “I’m dry as a dead dingo’s donger” and told us some Thailand stories about big party’s and lots of sex. He dropped us off at a backpackers hostel, where we checked in. It had a pool, a sauna and all the facilities we required.

In Surfers Paradise¬†we spent the rest of the day on the beach and then went ahead to make our dinner. The beach is beautiful, but the beach is recognisable by the high buildings along the beach.¬†Our dinner consisted of the salad we got in Byron Bay and some pasta. It is a delicious combination. That night we planned to walk around in Surfers, but unfortunately it started raining. A long walk ended up in a lot smaller walk. Earlier that day we noticed a sign in Surfers offering a really cheap breakfast (2 eggs with bacon and toast). We could not let this offer slip and we went for breakfast in this Italian restaurant the next morning. It was a very good breakfast considering the price. After our breakfast we went to buy a bottle of water in the Woolworths. We came across another good offer: $0.50 for a kilogram of bananas! They were a bit old, but they were delicious (yes we tried them right away with bread and peanut butter).¬† We then walked for quite a bit (1,5 hours) to find a good hitching spot outside Surfers. We did not have much luck in the beginning with finding a lift. We only had people acting like they would pick us up, but once your walked to them they drove away. But in the end a guy with the nickname ‘Rocket’ picked us up. He just had a meeting in Surfers and was heading back to Brisbane where he lived. Such a busy life for him: work,¬†a wife to keep happy, 2 kids and another on his/her way. He dropped us off at the hostel where we were going to stay at.

The hostel in Brisbane was cheap….and dirty. We did not like sleeping in at all and we were not planning on taking a shower over there at all. Base hostel in Brisbane, not a recommendation. Anyways, we went into the city and walked through the shopping street (Queen street). There was this lovely market with delicious fruit, nuts and all other kind of things. Really sweet! Anyways, we walked to the library to get on the internet and try to be social to our great friends at home ūüôā When we walked back at 5ish the market was about to shut down and fruit was being sold way cheaper than before. Peter managed to buy over half a kilo of grapes for a single dollar and they were delicious! That night we made an alternative of a lasagna recipe since we did not have an oven available. Instead of making lasagna we used pasta. Our lasagna contained pasta, tomato sauce, mince, cheese and the banana we bought earlier in Surfers. It is so ****ing delicious with banana. Not quite knowing what we wanted to do that night we decided to go to the cinema. We walked in and since no one was checking we walked into this movie called ‘A Few Best Men’. It was simply hilarious. We had a great (free) night!

The next day we left the hostel as soon as we could. We had to walk a lot to get to a reasonable amount of traffic going to Noosa. After some waiting at this bus stop and people ‘stop-pranking’ us a few times we got a small lift from this girl. She had been stewardess for some time, but lived in Brisbane now. She dropped us off a few kilometers further where the hitching would be much easier! We kept waiting for a lift while thousands of cars passed us on this busy road. We were about to take a lunch break when we got picked up by Daniel. He got off work one day earlier and wanted to surprise his wife and kids at home. He took us to the busstop in front of his house near Noosa where a bus to Noosa would leave every half an hour. As stubborn as we were, we still decided to hitchhike to Noosa. Even though we were on a road which did not quite go to Noosa directly, we managed to get a ride from this lovely business woman Catherine! She just dropped off her parents in the nearby village and only that day had to go to Noosa. How lucky! She dropped us off on a camping site. We were so excited and booked a night at the camping site. However, the ground of the camping site was not suitable for the pins of our tent and we could not set up our tent. What a bummer. With the time being 6ish we decided to stay at this vipbackpackers hostel instead. It had a pool and was nearby all important places where we had to be in Noosa.

That night we met Martin, a Swiss guy. Without any doubt you could see that he was such a nice guy and we spent some time talking to him and joined him with dinner. After our lovely meeting with Martin, we had some alcoholic drinks disguised as juice in bottles since it was not allowed to buy your own alcohol at this hostel. While drinking we got invited by two Australian guys to go along with them (and 2 other girls) to a club in Noosa. Even though we were tired, we went along. After a return trip to the hostel to switch the thongs to normal shoes, we finally got in. The moment we walked in some guys were dragged out violently out of the club by security. Nice, some action. It was a lovely night with these $3 drinks and admitly we got a bit tipsy.

The next day Martin took us in his car to the National park in Noosa. The park was beautiful with amazing views of the area. We stopped at the beach in Alexandria Bay to take a dive in the sea and relax a bit. The beach was almost empty of people – a real natural beauty still. We enjoyed ourselves a lot, but it got a lot more enjoyable when this girl started walking towards the sea. Peter thought it would be fun to run naked into the sea while he was screaming. Well, it was funny: the girl did not know how quickly she had to go back to her towel again! What can I (Dennis) say: Peter felt free with his Willy jiggling around. Afterwards Peter suggested we should do it all together now and … we did. Just imagine 3 handsome guys running naked over the beach. We felt free, finally.
After our little exercise we went back to our hostel for a lovely lunch together with Martin. We also made wraps for dinner together with Martin and had some drinks. It was such a lovely day.

The next day we would be picked up at 10.00 AM in the morning at our hostel towards the Gagaju bushcamp. We said bye to Martin and were waiting to be picked up….and waiting…and at 10.30 AM there was still no pick up. We called and there was some misunderstanding: we had to be at Noosa junction. We could take the 1.00 PM bus instead at Noosa junction. Martin was so nice to drop us off at Noosa junction and we had another lunch with Martin. After our lunch we said our final bye to Martin and went to wait for the bus. We could of been waiting for another few hours if Peter did not ask a girl if we were on the right spot waiting, because we were not. Anyways, we got to the bus which was packed with people. We luckily managed to obtain the two front seats with a bit more space. We had a bit of a conversation with the driver and he told us that it was too cold at the moment in Oz. He liked a temperature of about 65 degrees celsius, which is crazy. Anyways, after some shopping and driving we finally arrived at the bush camp! Yaaaay!

We were shown around the bush camp which had it’s own kitchen, a tv with dvd player and a pool table. The first night we would sleep in these hammocks in a big tent and the second and third night we would sleep in 3 person tents already set up. That afternoon we went to a lake where you could swim and jump of a 7 meter high cliff into the water. We had to make sure we jumped far enough to reach deep enough water, but it was an amazing jump to do!

The next day we would finally start the canoeing! Our group of people existed of two Canadian guys (Phelp and Hunter), an English girl (Christine), a Swedish girl (Charly), a group of 5 young Swedish guys and a group of 4 Swedish girls. There were a few basic rules, one of which was: you look out for each other and thus return together. Sounded like a simple rule but ended up being a pain in the butt. Today we would canoe towards a lake which is only half a meter deep. It was about 7km one way and it took quite a bit to get to the beach near the lake, in particularly since the groups of Swedish guys and girls were not so much in a hurry (and we had to look for each other…). Once we arrived at this beach we had some lunch, had a swim in the lake, bought some cookies (which we really needed!) and bought some milkshakes for ourselves. That day we were supposed to canoe towards a tree swing from where you could jump into the water in a creek nearby and then go back to the camp latest 3:30 PM such that we would be back before dark. Our subgroup of the Canadians, English girl and Charly were so keen to go this creek, but for some reason it took the Swedish girls till about 3:00PM to get back to the beach. We did not have time anymore to go to the tree swing, because they appeared to just think about themselves. After a rough ride on the lake with some larger waves we finally got back to camp. Just as the night before we made our pasta with sauce and beans/peas. Simple and cheap, but it filled our stomach up.

The next day we would canoe in the other direction of the river on which the camp was situated. We would canoe to this beach on an other lake and then go for a walk to the beach at the sea. The Swedish girls left the camp that day- they signed up for something of which they thought it would not be that way. And it explains why they took so long to get back to the canoes the day before. Anyways, we did canoe to the beach on the lake and walked to the beach near the sea. The beach was almost empty and it was beautiful. The quietness, the strong current of the sea and the great weather. A few hours later we walked back to our canoes. Once we arrived, one of the canoes seemed to be missing. Well, it was not at the place the Swedish guys put; it was on the middle of lake! They water level raised and grabbed their canoe haha. Have you ever seen 5 Swedish guys in a 3 person canoe? We did and it was hell funny, hoping they would fall in! Unfortunately, one of the peddles of my (Dennis) canoe was missing as well and it was nowhere to be seen. We decided to go back with the two remaining peddles and don’t say a word or we all would lose our $20 deposit. That night we had an interesting conversation with Charly, Christine, Phelp and Hunter. Politics, education, party and travel were the main subjects. We did not speak a word to the Swedish guys, who all seemed to be on their own. It was a great time in the Gagaju bush camp and we are so happy we went there.

Also, we have updated our pictures for our trip in/to Byron Bay, which can be found here. For a selection of images (which is still to be updated further) of our pictures to/in Noosa, look here.